Hawaii vies to host Barack Obama Presidential Center

Proposed site for the future Barack Obama Presidential Center (Photo: University of Hawaii Presidential Center Initiative)

Hawaii officials are hoping Honolulu will be home to the future Barack Obama Presidential Center.

A written response was formally submitted to the Barack Obama Foundation, listing the city’s qualifications to host the presidential center.

The plan outlines an action-oriented institution that focuses on:

  • Telling the President’s story, illuminating his legacy and carrying his work forward to the future and outward to the world;
  • Building strong partnerships with local institutions, businesses and community organizations that are committed to the success of the center and will allow the President to establish an institution with local roots and global reach;
  • Establishing a convening institute that will advance collaborative solutions to some of the most important global problems of the 21st century;
  • Hosting a global youth leadership academy situated within a learning district that will empower students to make positive change in their communities; and
  • Developing programs including a University of Hawaii research center, an electronically accessible presidential archive and an interactive museum and visitor center on the Obama presidency and its connections to Hawaii.

The effort is being led by the University of Hawaii and is backed by the state and City and County of Honolulu.

“We are proposing a vibrant institution that will explore the legacy of the forty-fourth presidency, forge collaborative solutions to global problems, and cultivate a new generation of leaders that will make lasting change,” said UH president David Lassner. “Hawaii is prepared to host the Obama Presidential Center in its entirety or to partner with another site to help the president create an institution with two campuses and a unified mission.”

“The Obama Presidential Center would bring transformative benefits to Hawaii,” said Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui. “The pronounced economic impact would benefit Hawaii through out-of-state funding for the design and construction of the project and local job creation, not to mention the long-term benefits of enhanced public education, a boost for the visitor industry and launching programs that will improve lives in Hawaii and around the world.”

The state has already set aside approximately eight acres of land in Kakaako Makai.

A decision is expected to be made early next year. Once a site is selected, a capital campaign to design, build, endow and operate the facility would be directed by the Barack Obama Foundation after Obama leaves office.

For more information on Hawaii’s efforts to host the Barack Obama Presidential Center, visit HawaiiPresidentialCenter.com.

Proposed site for the future Barack Obama Presidential Center (Photo: University of Hawaii Presidential Center Initiative)

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